Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"Craft & Crop" at the Bird House Sept. 28

Our next event will be Sept. 28 from 6:30 12 midnight. Here are the projects we will be working on. I was stuck between "Back to school" or "Autumn" theme so I did both. Our pages will be back to school and our craft and card will be Autumn. Here are the pages.

I printed all of the words and quotes from my computer and framed all of them. I used my Cricut Cartridges, Locker Talk, page 47 at 10" for the stack of books, "My World" page 96 at 7" for the globe. The apple was from "Doodlecharm page 118 at 3 1/2". "Speaking of School" page 29 at 7" for standing books one reddish brown, then at 5" with blue, and then at 9" one brown and one gray. The rulers also at 5" from page 30.

The quote I found from my favorite book of all, The Bible.



These pages were so much fun to make. I hope you enjoy them.
Pumpkin Centerpiece

Here is the craft that we will be making. This is a Pumpkin centerpiece and you can put a flame less candle inside.
I found this pattern a couple of years ago and re-created it to share with you. The strips are card stock and the leaves where cut with Cricut Projects Cartridge "Flower Shoppe" I got the brown grape vine wire from the floral dept. at Jo-Ann's Fabric & Crafts. and twisted it around a pencil. it took two large brads to hold it together at the top and bottom. Oh, I added a piece of Autumn ribbon too.


OK, here is the autumn card for Sept.

Autumn Card Instructions.

Start with a 4 ¼” X 5 1/2” card base, mine was orange.

Cut a 2” X 4 ¾” strip of patterned paper, cut a solid color at 2 ¼” X 5” to frame it with, glue it long side down the left side of the card. Then find a picture for your theme, I found a sweet tree with falling leaves and cut it at 3 ½” X 2 ½” and then frame it with three different solid colors. Then center it to the left side of the card on top of the patterned strip. Then choose a short quote and frame it with a solid color and place it towards the bottom of card going across both pieces you already glued down. Cut a solid color for the inside of the card at 4’ X 5 “ . Glue your message with a solid frame across the top of card and write a personal message of your own below that.

I can't wait to see you all again and try out those dishes you will bring. I am making a new recipe I found just for you.
Here is the list of ladies I have reserved.
If you decide that you will not make it, please call me and let me know so that I can fill your space.
If I have forgotten someone, please let me know, I have one space left.
Rita F.
Deniz A.
Susan C.
Debbie Y.
Sue P.
Rita R.
Pamela H.

Marye Bird

Sunday, August 18, 2013

August 24 Craft & Crop At the Bird House

I am running a little behind, lots happening at the Bird House. But, I finished the pages for you. Our theme is going to be Friends. I found a special quote on line that fits the feelings I have for friends. Hope you enjoy them.

I found some cute things here and there from different projects that I saw and incorporated them on these two cute pages.

This is the sweet quote I found online and added. I love this.


These are the flowers we have used in the past, but I left them whole instead of cutting petals from then and put them together with brads.


I folded ribbon and attached it , used a punch for  the blue and place stripped patterned paper over that and added buttons to each side. The words Friends was cut using my Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge and I layered it.


The cute flags where done with two sided paper. All the papers used here I purchased on clearance from Jo-Anns.

This was different in many ways then the pages we have done in the past. But, I know you will love it when you are done!
We have a couple of seats open if you would like to join us contact me.
Marye Bird

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Craft & Crop at the Bird House August 24th

I have been out of town supporting my wonderful Husband who is dealing with Bladder Cancer. We spent most of our time at MD Anderson in Houston. Please keep us in your prayers.

I just got started this morning with the projects we will be creating  for our August event. The theme this month will be "Friends". I found this sweet box that I fell in love with and just had to share with you ladies..
This box is so simple, the hardest part was deciding how I wanted to decorate it.
I used two Cricut cartridges to decorate mine, but you can use any tools or embellishments to make yours really cute. I found this nice quote online to go with our "Friends" theme.
This box is 2" deep, but you can change it if you like. I hope you will be looking forward to this craft. I will get busy now and create your scrapbook kits and then share them with you. Remember now, Candi is going to teach us how to use stamps. I am so excited I have never been comfortable with them and want to know all the ins and outs of stamping. Don't forget to bring a dish to share.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Marye Bird
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Craft & Crop Christmas in July was a hit!

The ladies who joined me for Craft & Crop at the Bird House requested that we do a Christmas in July for our July event. We had a full house and so much fun! Here are the cards that each lady created and passed out copy kits to everyone who attended.

This one was a top fold card with cork frame, patterned paper tag with red frame. she used an eyelet, a metal snowflake ornament, and Christmas button for embellishments.


This one was created using the easel card base and the Cricut cartridge "A Quilted Christmas". I have this cartridge and did not realize that there are some beautiful cards at the back of the book. I am so glad to know that. I love this card because Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

This one is so cute, she used glitter card stock for the base of her side fold card, then a red frame, on top of that she put a white frame, then she used Stampin Up stamp sentiments on the front of the card and the envelope. She used Cricut seasonal cartridge "Very Merry Tags" to cut out the Christmas light bulbs. She then glued small rhinestones as embellishments on each of the light bulbs. Simple and sweet!

Here is another top fold card. She added a patterned paper frame and then cut her design from "A Quilted Christmas" starting with red and layering with green and then using white. She put a little red rhinestone in the center of the snowflake. She then used her stamps to put "Joy" on the envelope and put a rhinestone and glitter on the letter "O". Very nicely done. "-)

Here is a perfect example of what you can do with stamps. She started with a white base card and put a green frame on that. then she used her stamps in a fashion to give the appearance of a glad of trees using green ink, then she used glitter so it looked like snow had fallen. Then to top it off she stamped "Seasons Greetings" to finish this wonderful card.

This was also a top flap card, she used a patterned paper frame and cut slots across the top and ran glittered ribbon through it,then attached that to the white card base.. She used lots of different textures on this one card.  She used blue textured solid paper, then green patterned paper with scalloped edges, then printed her sentiment from the computer and framed it in solid purple and rounded the corners. Then she centered the 3-D penguin on the green patterned paper and glued a piece of textured ribbon across the bottom and added some a string of Christmas lights and large rhinestones as finishing embellishments. Very creative and fun!

I love this card! It is a gift card holder the bottom of the apron is open at the fop and you can slide a gift card in there. She found this on Pintrest and made the pattern by hand. The apron base is red and then she cut one smaller using a patterned paper. the cut the square that for the bottom of the apron or pocket for the gift card out of patterned paper. Then she cut a strip of red rick rack and attached across the apron waist and added a little button with red ribbon tied through it. Last she cut a gingerbread man using her Cricut, attached it to a white solid square and framed that square with a solid red square. Then last she knotted the ends of red ribbon ant the top and there ya go!

Card with Gift Card Holder


Start by creating your card base. (Red) Cut your choice of colors for the card at 9”X 6 ¼” and then score at 4 ½” and set aside.

Now cut a frame from a solid color (Green) at 4 X 5 3/8”

Cut another frame from solid color (Red) at 3 3/8” X 5 ½”

Then cut a patterned frame 5 ¼”X 3“.

Layer them on each other in order of size large to small.

Now take a solid paper and cut 12X5

Score at 4”, 6”, and 8” and fold accordion style. It will look like a letter W if you stand it on its side.

Choose a pattern, I got mine from cutting a tag from a Cricut Cartridge "Bridal Shower" page 12 top left corner. <Gift Tag>,  lay it over the paper you just folded but let it hang over the folded side ¾” and draw pattern on it. Cut it to make the shape for the gift card holder.

Glue a strip from top to bottom and fold so the two smaller sections between the scores will be attached to each other.

Take a gift card and measure for the card opening. Use a punch or cut by hand between the two marks and you will have a place to fit the gift card.

I used Martha Stewart punch and a strip of paper 1 ½” X 3” to decorate the card holder and trimmed it to fit.

I took a punch that would allow me to weave the ribbon in and out and cut red ribbon the size to fit around the card holder leaving enough to tie a bow. Then you can attach the gift card holder to the card base.

Next for finish it off you can cut a white frame 4 X 5 3/8 and attach to inside of card to write your message.
We had a sweet lady join us for the first time and she was not aware of what we were doing, so she was not able to bring a card. But, we were able to bless her with each project we created. It was so much fun. I am so proud of all the ladies for giving of there time to give to someone else. I am looking forward to our next "Craft & Crop" at the Bird House together.
If you did not sign up at the last event for our new event in August, please email me if you would like a spot. I have only a couple left.
Marye Bird


Monday, July 22, 2013

Here is one for the kids in Your Life

This is a mini album I found that is so easy you could sit down with young ones and make them together. They could give them to there teachers, friends, Grandparents. Who ever is special to them.
You will have to decorate them this is just the bare bones I did for you here.

this one opens up and gives you three pockets to put card tags in and has a ribbon to tie it closed.

You can put photos on the 5 sides
I used two sided papers for the tags so you could also have 6 more sides to decorate. You could punch holes in the top of the tags and add ribbon or other embellishments. I hope you will try this with the younger folks in your life.
Marye Bird

Here is my favorite, Mini Album

I found this one by mistake but, I love it so much I think we will do this one for our project for Craft & Crop at the Bird House.

This is the finished project.

 It opens up in various ways to uncover 19 areas that you can put photo, embellishments, or Journaling.

Here is some of them,
And some more,
And  more,
and more,
and even more!

And it all folds up into this cute little album.

When I first saw this project, I thought it was going to be really difficult. But it was very easy! I hope you love it . I am going to get started right now making more for the ladies at Craft & Crop at the Bird house. Hope to see you there.
Marye Bird

These would be cute for gifts!

I created these using Christmas papers because I want to share them at our Craft & Crop at the Bird house event this Sat. July 27th. But you could create these for any time by just changing the papers you use.

This is the first one. I used Blue Christmas papers and ribbon.
This one is called Mini accordion pocket album. It has 4 pockets that you put card tags in and then you can also decorate page sides with photos embellishments and Journaling.

It has a sweet ribbon that you tie it closed with.

Marye Bird

Friday, July 19, 2013

Recycled Pop-Top Jewelry

I had my Oldest son and his family down for a few days, they have been stationed in Italy for 3 years. It has been a wonderful time. I showed my Oldest Granddaughter how to create these and she did such a great job. This pair she made for her mom.
Autumn, I will send them to you as soon as you get settled in Hawaii.

I have made some other Pop-Top Jewelry and have decided to sell them. This is just a few things you can do with Pop-Tops. The earrings above are done with tops from cat food or canned fruit. They are larger the the Pop-Tops. Any of these can be created in your favorite color. I wanted to see if I could get a space in some craft fairs in my area. If you know of one would you let me know how to reserve a space. These are so fun and easy to make and so many ways to design them. Let me know if you are interested.

This is a bracelet made with stretch cord so you can fit it over you wrist.

This one is the same as above, but I added jump rings and beads. You can choose what ever color you love.

This one is crocheted together and has an alligator clasp. I did it in black and should have done it in another color so you could see how pretty it is.

This one is crocheted and I used metal washers. I like this one and I want to try some different styles and designs.

Marye Bird

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Christmas in July for July 27th "Craft & Crop" at the Bird House

I was so excited about doing Christmas in July. I have already posted the card I will be passing out. Remember you ladies who have already reserved your seats, you will need to bring a card you created and 8 more kits to pass out.

OK, here are the pages we will be working on. Hope you like them.

Everything except the word "DECEMBER" and the present were created by hand. I used my computer and printer for the the "10 things I like about Christmas", "Blessed Beyond Measure", the "25" embellishment and the cute little Elf's. I used Fiskar circle and scallop punches and for any circle size I did not have I used my Cricut Cutter to make them. I added a red rhinestone to the present and some pearl stickers to give it that elegant touch.

All of these papers are recycled from past Christmas projects. I am working on using up all of my scraps and papers I have purchased in the past. I feel guilty when I am tempted to purchase new paper, because I have so much I have not used yet. So the pearl stickers are the only new item I used for this project.

I took some of the ideas for these pages from Pintrest but I forgot to write down the information so I could give credit where it is due. This one is a little detailed but worth every minute I put into it. I hope you love it as much as I do. And to the ladies who suggested we do Christmas in July, thank you. I love the idea. So many of you are busy around Christmas time that you found it hard to make it to our December event. So this is for you.
Marye Bird